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Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia Lumia 800 7.5

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Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Call quality on the Nokia Lumia 800 is pretty good overall. Unfortunately, when we were on the Lumia, callers sounded slightly less clear than we would have hoped. Listeners on the other end however reported we sounded crisp, so while not perfect overall, nothing drastic to report. The loudspeaker delivers good, clear sound both for voice and media and we really like the fact that it's placed at the bottom of the unit so when the Nokia Lumia 800 is lying down, we can still hear the music or conversation as nothing is covering the speaker.

Mango is an efficient OS, with handsets like the HTC Radar performing stunningly well with mere 1GHz processors. In turn it comes as little surprise that the Nokia Lumia's 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor flies through tasks. After four days with the device we're yet to experience any slowdown or stutter despite having installed in excess of 15 apps and used the handset day in day out.

In terms of performance, the chink in the Nokia Lumia 800's armor is definitely its battery life. No, this isn't going to die by 4pm, but neither is it going to live strong for two days. Nokia handsets, N9 included are generally renowned for lasting forever and Windows Phone devices also tend to do well in this department. We'd expected the combination of both to deliver easily over a days worth of juice but sadly no. Juice is well and truly depleted come 10pm after a full days use. Not terrible, but not what we were expecting either.


And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music. While it does have its weak points, with the AMOLED delivering a blue hue when viewed at an angle and lackluster noise handling in the images, not to mention less than stellar battery life, we still find it very easy to recommend Nokia's new flagship as the pros outweigh the cons ten to one.

Looking at the current landscape of the Windows Phone market, the Nokia Lumia 800 is obviously one of the better options, although it's hardly usable in the U.S. However, a pretty decent alternative could be the HTC Radar, which comes in slightly cheaper, or, if you want more screen and a better camera, you can turn your attention to the HTC Titan.

When it comes to alternative OSs, the Nokia N9 with its MeeGo platform comes to mind first. It's worth checking out if you happen to enjoy the Lumia 800 hardware, but want a different kind of OS. Of course, with its vague future, everything MeeGo-related can't really be considered future-proof. That's why we believe it's worth exploring the high-end Android handsets out there, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation XE or EVO 3D, which are all great smartphones, offered at similar or lower prices than the one of the Lumia 800, which is another reason to consider these as possible alternatives.

Nokia Lumia 800 Video Review:


  • Solid, stylized design
  • Nokia apps add real value to WP
  • Smooth, fast operation


  • Smaller screen than N9
  • High price
  • Battery life could be better
  • No front facing camera
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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 06:58 5

1. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

lol, no front facing camera is mentioned twice.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 14:24 2

31. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

''Lumia 800 is expected to land for about $580 (EUR 420) without carrier subsidies''. Why do PA say that this phone is too expensive???

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 10:43 3

33. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Because compared to the other competition, the Lumia 800 is expensive.

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 02:46

43. bbin82 (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

Check the contracts dude! It really isn't.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:22 5

8. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Dude you are trolling shut up.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:08 10

3. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

its not windows. its doors.

posted on 19 Nov 2011, 01:43 6

44. NokTokDaddy (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 May 2010)

You're right: 'Windows' implies a view onto your digital world, whereas Mango offers open doors.

This is the most liberating mobile experience available right now: I was playing with a friend's iP4 after a few days with my Lumia 800 and it actually felt clunky and awkward after Mango

Never thought I'd say that about iOS...

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:08 9

4. Pego71 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

The first device windows phone nokia no call cam...absurd !!!
remember that Microsoft has acquired skipe, ANDROID FOREVER !!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:17 4

7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

That's very true! My old Nokia X6 has a front-facing camera but their new 2011/2012 flagship doesn't have one.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:09 2

21. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

U know it' was made within 8 months and atthe time they made it Windows had no support, not time to redesign the phone from scratch....don't forget it's Nokia we're talking about they started video calls

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 11:55 4

40. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Yes, both my N8 and older 5800XM have FFC...but to be honest...I hardly ever used them. In fact, I used FFC a short while on fring almost 2 years ago...then stopped because I much prefer the PC for this type of activity. To me, I would much rather have expandable memory and NFC. Then again, the Lumia's come with 25GB cloud storage...which is also very nice.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 01:00 2

29. NokTokDaddy (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 May 2010)

Having had front-facing cameras on various Nokias for years now and not used them for anything, this is a feature I can easily live without.

Here in the UK at least, mobile data charges and network capacity effectively prevent video calling taking off on mobile, and if you look at desktop video calling this has hardly been an overwhelming success either.

I think we have to remember that WP7.5 is intended to be a minimalistic yet easy-to-use UI atop a solid and fast OS; WP7.5 is not intended to appeal to the more technically-orientated power users - Nokia have Symbian and (for now) Meego-Harmattan for that.

Having been a Symbian and Maemo user as well as having a SGS2 in the house to play with I can appreciate the virtues of WP7.5 and will probably be buying a Lumia 800 next week:

Even as a power user and sometimes hacker myself, Mango delivers the functionality I need most: excellent email integration, integrated social media, and offline navigation - the latter a feature I rely upon for about five hours every day.

All this in a very sexy package... I was sorely tempted by the Titan (better camera, IMO - something I never thought I'd say about an HTC - especially against an equivalent Nokia) but the more handy size and sheer quality of finish of the Lumia 800 do it for me.

What I find most interesting about WP7.5 is how it makes both Symbian and Android look unduly heavy, complicated and awkward. From a power-user and tinkerer's perspective I'm sure I will find it lacking because everything just works so well.

I suppose I can always keep my N8 or play with the SGS to if I want to indulge in some techno-massochism!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:13 6

5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

One of the Pros should be the 8MP still images, the quality is pretty good.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:16 8

6. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Also, I find battery life to be decent not one of it's Cons. I think it's because we're used to longer battery life from Nokia phones because of Symbian.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 01:06

30. NokTokDaddy (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 May 2010)

True - we have been spoilt ;->

As a possible point of reference, someone I know who has had a Lumia 800 for about a week now has said that he's experiencing similar battery life to his own N8 under the same conditions.

I don't think there are any standard devices that could last me a full day away from a charger, so for me at least this is less of an issue.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:25 3

9. JayJayTG (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

How is the screen 57% smaller than the N9?? The N9 is 3.9" the 800 3.7" so it is not over half the size smaller!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:35 6

11. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Hm, it is a typo. It is 7% smaller. Sorry :)

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:57 3

12. JayJayTG (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

Not to worry lol

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:30 9

10. JayJayTG (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

If people video call then this phone is not for them. Honestly though who does video calling even when they have a FFC on their phone? I recon only 1-2% of smartphone users that have FFC's on their phone video call. Video calling has been going for years just hadnt caught on. People tend to prefer to be indoors when video calling rather than mobile, even then they would use a computer of sorts. The only other reason to have a FFC is if you like taking pictures of yourself lol.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 08:03 3

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

but i think it deserved better than 7.5 atleast an 8.. thats what i think but obiously i hvnt used it yet.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 09:07

14. stevedojobs (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Stephen Elop said this phone is the real Window Phone!!!!! As for me it's not because it's the real Elop Phone instead of real Window phone.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 09:21 2

15. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

people now use their phone for skype and having no secondary camera is a big disappointment. then you add the fact that it has only a 3.7" screen. and finally the price. heard its expensive. android can rest easy.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 09:55 1

17. orangejuice (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

If Nokia would have just kept the same hardware as the N9 for the Lumia I would have been way closer to making it my next phone. Going from a 1.4 to 1 ghz processor, 1gb to 512mb RAM and finally the fact that the N9 has a dedicated graphics chip and the Lumia does not are just too much to overlook. WTH Nokia.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:18 3

18. JayJayTG (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

Actually your wrong its going from a 1GHz CPU (N9) to a 1.4GHz CPU (Lumia 800).

Oh and your wrong again. The Lumia 800 has a dedicated GPU. It uses the Snapdragon S2 SoC that has the Adreno 205 GPU. More advanced than the OMAP SoC PowerVR SGX530 GPU found on the N9!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:28 2

19. orangejuice (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I stand corrected, when I compared the two I must have flipped them in my mind. The Lumia is back on my radar! Thanks for the correction.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 12:10

22. JayJayTG (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

Lumia is defo on my radar to :)

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 14:00

34. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

even so, if system and apps are fluid, what for better hardware. You don't like your battery?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 12:21 1

23. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

While I like this as a great first effort for Nokia, especially for the Europe market, there are good things a-coming for the US. So if you were tempted to grab an unlocked 800, you may want to wait until the calander reads 2012 to see what is next. Not only is there the rumored 900, but this LTE gossip based on this 800 design as well:


posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:26 1

24. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

how come you didnt give 7 to iphone 4s since it has 3.5 screen and the unlock version is waaaaaaaaaaay more expensive! cmon lets face it. then i invite you to check unlock version of samsung galaxy, motorola droid, etc there been on the market for about 6 months and still expensier than this one!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 02:36 1

25. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

I'm just going to wait to see if the Samsung Focus S holds any promise.

PA you can't ding it for having 10% less screen size than the N9, and the battery life is better than a lot of Android handsets

Having Xbox Live integration is good, and all in all, this is the best and fullest WP7 offering to date.

I'm really not impressed with HTCs Windows handsets, HTC please go back to using AMOLED panels in your phones' screens.

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Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

OS: Windows Phone 7.8 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.59 x 2.41 x 0.48 inches
(116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm)
5.01 oz  (142 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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